By Daniel Kennedy
October 17, 2020
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1 Timothy 2:1-15
I’ve been thinking about the word “Calling” a lot recently. And what it means in my own life. The interesting thing about the authors / characters in these passages (e.g. Jeremiah, Timothy) is that they were all “called” to serve God’s greater purpose & glory in His beautiful story of redemption for our lives.
In Jeremiah 30, we witness God delivering a clear call to Jeremiah: “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you.’” (30:2) The Lord was using Jeremiah in his story of redemption for Israel, for the days when [He] would restore the fortunes of [His] people, Israel and Judah,” when He would “bring them back to the land that [He] gave to their fathers” (30:3)
Timothy also had a clear calling in Ephesus to ensure that the Ephesians did not deviate from the truth of the Gospel; indeed, Paul exhorted the Ephesians to lead “peaceful and quiet” lives, “Godly and dignified in every way”, which ran counter to the existing secular culture (1 Tim 2:2). Paul intended for Timothy to be his right hand in helping the Ephesians live out God’s ultimate plan for their lives.
Over the years I have struggled to identify my own Calling and, frankly, it is still a work in progress. I’ve even wondered at some points whether it was a futile, meaningless concept, that just kept me from enjoying life. But I am thankful for the Word of God, my relationships with fellow believers and most importantly, my relationship with God, which encourages me daily in my own journey of discovery and my ultimate purpose in life - to glorify God with my time, money and talents, and to enjoy Him forever.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
— 1 Timothy 2:1
Prayer to start with: Whatever it is you have for me Lord, I receive it. My identity is found in you and I pray that people around me see you in me. I want to glorify you in all that I do. Amen.